It is French, it is warm and it is romantic. It is light and it is not light at all. It shows the hard work of the doctors who work in the country. Many doctors in the cities are faceless, not to us but for them we are faceless. The small country town community where everyone knows everyone brings up the challenges where the doctor gets attached to the patient as if it was his father or his daughter. It is touching and it has its own consequences. The film reminded me of good French films from the past with good acting of Daniel Auteuil. I also thought: that film was created by the person who knows doctor's profession very well with all its ups and downs. The film frankly shows the parts of life that we have never seen before: some are not that pleasant to follow to be honest but they exist and they are there. The film does not focus also on "easy" patients: they are all different - some are stubborn, some have their needs, some need a big teaching lesson. We also learnt that the doctors get sick themselves. They also go to their own doctors. Doctors also fall in love no matter how hard they try to avoid it. The more you resist the feeling the deeper and the more intense experience you will get. The moment that you choose love after a long journey of "obstinate opposition" is beautiful in its self-revelation. The last couple of comments: there is a soft and very intelligent humor as well as a gently developing drama. The soundtrack is amazing in this film as well as the actors - simply all of them! I also believe every man should take their best parts ( girlfriends and wives to see this film).
To be honest I expected much more from this film than I got. the plot is similar to The Golden Years (2016) film. It is done a bit sloppy. There are many parts that I simply would have leave in editing process. They seem :Unbelievable" and way too simple. However I gave it 7 only because of all the main characters that were played so irresistibly well: Morgan Freeman as Willie is fantastic: he always plays with his eyes only - this eyes talk more than his words or anything else. I consider him to be one of the most strong actors in Hollywood. I also can not miss the acting of Michael Caine that we all fall in love with after seeing the film Youth so many times. The third actor, Alan Arkin also plays very well. If it was not for such bad directing and if the plot could have been different it would be a real blockbuster. The film would be a good entertainment not only for the seniors but for the younger audience who would see the character features of their own fathers in these three characters.
Joe: These banks practically destroyed this country. They crushed a lot of people's dreams, and nothing ever happened to them. We three old guys, we hit a bank. We get away with it, we retire in dignity. Worst comes to the worst, we get caught, we get a bed, three meals a day, and better health care than we got now.
Well it's movie time again and my refreshing Mount Franklin water and me are at the Village Cinemas Jam Factory @goldclass for media screening of Roadshow film Going In Style Movie . #ilovemorganfreeman
Chips follows the lives of two cops (a rookie and an undercover FBI agent) who's lives become intertwined whilst investigating the corrupted highway patrol.
The film is easy to follow and you won't find yourself getting too lost in the narrative which is a positive of watching a comedy such as Chips.
For anyone who is a fan of Adam Sandlers comedic work you are sure to pick up similarities between it and Chips.
Audiences can expect a lot of motor vehicle related comedy and action all rolled into one.
The types of people who would enjoy Chips is varied due to the jokes throughout the film making reference to the original Chips which was a tv series. A younger audience would enjoy the film due to the non chalant and relatable jokes and fun loving characters involved in many action scenes. Although beware of some minor graphic scenes with body parts, maybe take a friend who can handle this type of comedy.
I would happily add this movie to my rainy day list as it is one to make you laugh and smile guaranteed once again another fabulous warner brothers film.
This is one of the best films I have seen in the last year. Imagine: guns shoot non stop for the whole duration of the film and you do not get bored. It is s mixture of Pulp Fiction, Qunteen Tarrantino and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It is funny and it is very dynamic. You will not have time to breathe - believe me! There will be blood, brains on the "car capote" and some broken bones but you will not get scared of disgusted . You sort of believe that these kind of people all deserve what they get. The plot is as simple as two by two: two mafia gangs get together in the warehouse for a illegitimate business (of course). On the way of survival the members of the two gangs do swear, do use cruel violence and even do use drugs. I have never seen so many dumb people under one roof and I had a great fun watching them. The time is depictured brilliantly - 1978! Everything and everyone respect each other. the deal is about to get to an end and the money and the product got exchanged hands. Suddenly someone says something (as they say it in the movies - offensive or else) and the guns start firing perhaps first by accident then in real: who would survive this game between the flying freely bullets: a girl, a Jewish or the bosses? Are you curious to find out - believe me it is so much fun you will not regret you went to see it.
NT LIVE PRESETS: HEDDA GABLER website review by Bryanna Reynolds
Hedda Gabler was a wonderful modern reconstruction of the original play.
The film was a live streamed version of the play from the National Theatre of the same name. Starring Ruth Wilson she delivered a stellar performance that held you captivated throughout the play.
The narrative follows Hedda who is troubled by her life after returning from her honeymoon. She realises that she settled for marriage and is in limbo about her life and the choices that led her to where she is.
What was beautiful was the simplicity of the set used. It was raw and harsh with plain walls and a couple of chairs, flowers and a piano which made the actors performance shine.
One of the best scenes was when Hedda throws 100's of flowers across the stage and continues to staple them to the bare walls. It was a powerful performance and showed the heartache Hedda was feeling.
What was amazing about the concept of filming a play live was that it was just like you were at the theatre. The audience could be heard and were shown at the included intermission.
This kind of play/film is perfect for anyone who enjoys a trip to the theatre.
I look forward to seeing more plays/films in this recorded format from the National Theatre.
THE INNOCENTS website RATE: 10/10 The films is a powerful story about the choices we make, about the paths that we choose, about the things we can not change and the things we can. The story line is simple to tell in one sentence: a young doctor who works for French Red Cross in Poland in 1945 finds out that many of the nuns at the local monastery are pregnant and are about to give births. The story is based on the true events that took place on Polish territory that was occupied by Germans , then Russians and the aftermaths is painful and tragic. The secret of pregnancies can not be revealed anywhere as the monastery might face the shut down. In her attempt to cover the rather delicate situation the head of the monastery, "the mother" takes the path that creates even more problems, results in deaths and suicides. If you want to go to a really scary and blood stopping thriller do not go to the si-fi or fantasy - the real world has it all for you on the plate with the blue edge. The young doctor Mathilde portrayed by Lou de Laâge can keep the secret however the secret has its own ways to develop who has to know about it and who has not. The psychological drama reaches it culmination when the newborns start to disappear. Although the monastery is soaking in prays, candles and angelic chants the nuns can not find the right decision no matter how they ask God to hep them. God is silent (God is in Silence BTW). None of their messages or calls get answered by their Lord they worship so much. the solution comes so easy and so spontaneous from the brave doctor who tries to save the lives of not many nuns and their children left alive. She is the light in their narrow window of faith. She does not pray - she smokes, she does not pray - she sins. One wonders: why god still hears her and answers her questions? There are no more secrets now to hide... and so many lives are saved too. There is nothing else left to fix and the crime that can not be punished will only suffer from its own guilty conscience. May be the world IS perfect and innocent in its divine creation? May be almost! There are more on to comment though: no surprise war in every country means rapes by soldiers of the female civilians occupied. It is always like this - even now, it WAS always like this . Despite of that it is an eye opening for many to see this abuse taking place on the screen so casually which makes it even more disgusting. Now if they tell you in the news the army is liberating some country read between the lines: there are massive rapes taking place. The film is dark but it brings some hope in after the "24 hours of doubt"
THINGS TO COME website RATE: 9/10 The film is very gentle. I found it t be perhaps one of the best roles Isabelle Huppert played. She seemed so distance from us, though so close. We connect with her though can not grasp her completely. She plays Nathalie Chazeaux ,a Uni philosophy teacher. She has a good family with two children and a husband. They seem so similar in their life views. They are both philosophy teachers. They go on vacation to their seaside house. Life looks almost perfect. We only suspect that this is not all to what it is on the surface. So the further truth opens up bit by bit. Natalie has an admirer, her ex-student, but their relationship are platonic. Natalie has a sick mother who calls her even when Natalie is teaching at school interrupting her classes with day after day caprices. We do not suspect what layers on truth we are about to discover about the main character and find ourselves being the silent observers of Chazeaux's life: tragic and comic, some light, some deep, some naive, some sophisticated. Natalie's life suddenly turns into something that we want to continuously follow. I could not understand what attracted me so much to the character portrayed by Isabelle: may be her inner grace and dignity. If I wanted to be a philosophy teacher one day this is how I would like to be: the Isabelle-way. May be I almost got it: like cats, who have 8 lives we sometimes live so many in one...
COLOSSAL website RATE: 6.5/10 What is Colossal? When this word is pronounced we immediately start thinking about ancient architecture and sculptures of ancient gods who once were living on our planet. Colossus was a God of the sun Helios. The image of him was erected in the form of a huge statue - as we remember from history in the city of Rhodes, on the Greek island. The statue was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is not there anymore if you care (and IMHO we all should!). But let's not talk about the past and the lost history; we now have the film in front of us named by the similar title. Colossal means huge in size, extend and gigantic. How is that "Colossal" connected to the main character of the film, fragile girl Gloria played by Anne Hathaway? The connection seems obvious from the first glance when you watch the film: there are monsters and robots of the size three time higher than the tallest skyscraper on Earth. They are real or so they do destroy Korea and all that jazz... I firstly could not get it: a girl from NY thrown out of her apartment by her limited minded boyfriend who tries to help her with her drinking problem. She goes back to the town where she spent her childhood... to see that she is a giant monster manipulator? What? Do I still have my brain in place? And may be it is me only who see the monsters walking down the streets in Korea, smashing people and fighting with each other... But no, all the other people in the cinema are laughing - they obviously see them too! Then I suddenly got the idea and the film's puzzle got into place. It is a fantastic idea to represent your though forms in such way... It is an excellent way of solving your addictions and life issues by connecting to your past and understanding how the energy exchange works. The concept IS BRILLIANT! Although the idea was amazing the film did not work as a whole story. I could not get what it was lacking: a good direction or just everything. The music was good, the actors were all marvelous but there was something very important missing and perhaps it was the core. The film is a good fun to watch nevertheless!
The Berlin Syndrome is your one perfectly done thriller. A young Australian woman, Clare travels in Germany and meets an attractive young man Andi in the streets of Berlin. They immediately fall in love with each other and their passion seems so perfect with only one tone of worry that is so vividly shown through the movements of the actors and the soundtrack as if something dramatic is just about to happen. Clare gets locked inside Andi's apartment with no possible escape. She is locked by her new boyfriend. She loves him , her feelings are obvious, but she is scared of him and his actions. the events develop so quickly she starts to loose her hope to get out of her new prison ever alive. Andi is handsome and (surprise!) he is a school teacher where no one have a slight guess about his pervert actions. His mother left the family long time ago: Andi and his father were very close. But where did Andi learn to do such criminal things? His desire to keep the woman locked so she does not escape like that happened with his mother would be the best explanation if his deeply damaged psyche. The apogee is reached when the prey can not live suffocating without the fresh air, people and freedom anymore and the hunter can not keep her inside without getting noticed. Clare has only one day, one chance and one decision to make to get out of her jailhouse. She has to act pre-calculated and be precise. Will she get this chance without hurting herself and the others?. Will the cruel trapper be caught and punished?.. The film has definitely created an atmosphere of fear and suspense. the camera work is brilliant and the blue-green colors selected for the background perfectly fit the situation. It is mesmerizing, captivating and very well done picture. It is so realistic I caught myself thinking: this is how I would imagine the story would develop in Berlin - exactly like this!
A SILENT VOICE website RATE: 8/10 This is another amazing Japanese anime that reminded me "Your Name" released recently. The story like concentrates on the female student who has impaired hearing. It touches so many topics including bulling at school, shame, the attempt to suicide, love, drama, guilt, forgiveness and just generally the relationship between students. It is made so delicately and so gracefully you melt inside the pale colors of the paintbrush of the animator. It is highly artistic with lots of beautiful details included in the film. the plot is unpredictable and keeps surprising you minute after minute. Considering the relatively serious topics revealed the anime is done with lots of care and tenderness. The characters are well developed and their growth and maturity is obvious. If you love Japanese anime this is a gem of gems to watch - you almost forget that it is not real.
NOVA ICONIC: ARIA (1987) website RATE: 8/10 Aria film (1987) is screened at Cinema Nova as part of Nova Iconic Festival. The film consists of 10 short movies with the soundtrack from the famous operas and music pieces and almost no text. It was an original idea. The directors include such names as Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg . The soundtrack features Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner and many more. The full list of music can be followed by this link. It would be way too long to write here. I would only like to tell about the artistic side of film. I found the short films t be spectacular, although the rate is significantly low on IMDB for some reason. The films are sensual to put it in a soft way. It was almost impossible to imagine such movie shown back in 1987 say, in Moscow where we all still did not know that sex even existed. It is touching your most deep desires and inner core of physical You. the directors are great. I felt sorry nor Woody Allen nor Fellini could not be part of the project. It worth watching because it does not loose its beauty wuth years: it is still remains classical in their best traditions. It is the film made for the sake of art and nothing else. It is surreal for that reason also. The brilliant actors include Buck Henry, Beverly D'Angelo, Elizabeth Hurley, Briget Fonda, Tilda Swinton, and John Hurt . If you like art sexual and erotic this is your movie to watch!
GHOST IN THE SHELL website RATE: 8/10 The choice of cast in this film is immaculate. The leading role is played brilliantly by Scarlett who is everything in this film. The digital graphics, camera and cinematography in this film are beyond any possible imagination: it is spectacular. I would go and see the film again only for the sake of technical side of it. The story is not as simple as you would expect: it is twisted. Our expectations were low . The trailer was too good and we thought: probably not! But it is quite good. The future megalopolis shown is scary and dark: the advertising is everywhere and it is superb but the amount and the scale of it is frightening. The robots, the costumes are simply glorious. There are some downfalls related to script that we found though: the characters are a bit plane: they are either bad or good, there is nothing in between and to say it in the soft way: the text for the characters is remarkably primitive. I trust it will be forgotten in the next 3 months which is sad... I gave the film a pretty high score just for the actors and for the tech.
DENIAL website RATE: 8/10 Will I ever forget Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) jogging in London and stopping to gaze upon the statue of "Boadicea and Her Daughters" on Westminster Pier. Boadicea is famous as a warrior queen who led an unsuccessful uprising against the Romans. Yes, the film is about a powerful but fragile, warrior but shocked with the other person's lies woman. She is confused but firm with her truth. It is not necessary that the truth always win no it is always that the most powerful arguer wins. It is also not necessary that the weakest looses nor it always that the justice takes place. We all know the outcomes of the court are unpredictable so does the movie: it is emotional to hear the final verdict of the judge.
Deborah Lipstadt: Now, some people are saying that the result of this trial will threaten free speech. I don't accept that. I'm not attacking free speech. On the contrary, I've been defending it against someone who wanted to abuse it. Freedom of speech means you can say whatever you want. What you can't do is lie and expect not to be held accountable for it. Not all opinions are equal. And some things happened, just like we say they do. Slavery happened, the Black Death happened. The Earth is round, the ice caps are melting, and Elvis is not alive.
Richard Rampton: They're a strange thing consciences. Trouble is, what feels best isn't necessarily what works best.
Deborah Lipstadt: Holocaust denial rests on four basic assertions. Number 1: That there was never any systematic or organized attempt by the Nazis to kill all of Europe's Jews. Number 2: That the numbers are far fewer than five or six million. Number 3: That there were no gas chambers or specially built extermination facilities. Number 4: That the Holocaust is therefore a myth invented by Jews to get themselves financial compensation and to further the fortunes of the State of Israel. War, the deniers say, is a bloody business. There's nothing special about the Jews, they're not unique in their suffering. They're just everyday casualties of war. What's the fuss?
Deborah Lipstadt: Okay, and here's another question, how do we know the Holocaust happened? Seriously. I'm asking. How do we prove it? Photographic evidence? Not one person in this room or outside it has ever seen a photograph of a Jew inside a gas chamber. You know why? Because the Germans made sure that none were ever taken. So how do we know? How do we *know* that so many were murdered? So what's the proof? Where's the proof? How strong is it?
Deborah Lipstadt: What did you think, Anthony? Anthony Julius: What did I think? I thought it was the most boring morning we've had in court so far. Deborah Lipstadt: My God, you love to be contrary. Anthony Julius: Well, the man's an anti-Semite and a racist. It's like having shit on your shoe. You wipe it off. You don't study it.
I love these quotes - they tell you more about the film than any review would. This IS the film to watch for any civilized person
Zach's life was filmed since he was 10 years old. He belongs to a very interesting nationality/tribe of native Australian people who live in beautiful Northern territories. He is close to 16 now and he sees the changes start taking place in his mind, body and spirit. Teenager-ing is difficult. Finding out who you are is even harder but unless WE know we will always be on the search. The sooner we find out the easier life will seem, the happier it will be. It is happening for Zach now. He is in the process of self discovery - the most fascinating journey of all if not the only one journey here on this plane. Zach is challenged not only by his transition from a boy to a man but also by embracing both: modern world and his ancient history, traditions and culture. It is more like past and future meeting now inside of you, at the present. It is also fascinating to discover that you ARE that tree which roots are drinking the knowledge of the generations passed and spreading its leaves open to the sun of the future generations to come. The discovery can be a process and it can happen in one day - both ways it is exciting. Zach's sacred ceremony takes place in his tribe surrounded by the elders, his parents and his friends and relatives. The film shows only parts of the ceremony kept as an ancient traditions by the wise-man of the tribe. I loved the faces of the people I saw: open and innocent; I loved their relationship with their culture and how they treat each other. It is an interesting movie to learn more about different culture as well as to make some important choices for yourself. I am sure you will love watching it.
THE POWER RANGERS website review by Benjamin Newall
The Power Rangers - movie review.
Was this movie made to inspire a new generation to follow the life and times of the Power Rangers or was it made to give the generation who grew up with the original Power Rangers a movie they could enjoy now that they have grown up.
Expectations of this latest movie in the Power Rangers franchise were high, with a fair bit of nervousness on the part of those of us who had loved it as children.
The Power Rangers first took to our TV screens in 1993 with the first movie coming out in 1995. There have being several iterations of the Power Rangers but all stemmed from the original Mighty Morphing series. Twenty four years later and the Rangers are going back to the start again but with a darker, grittier atmosphere.
The relatively young cast had big boots to fill and managed to do it with style. They played teenagers with back stories and issues who are thrown into something unexpected and need to come together. Now if all went to plan and it was a happy flick, they would join forces, put on the suits and all would be sweet. Fortunately however this isn’t really that kind of story.
I am sure that I was not the only one in the cinema who was waiting to see when the new team would be seen in their new suits. It takes quite a devastating lesson for the teens to learn what it means to come together, and an indication that this really is a very different Rangers movie from the rest.
The young cast are guided masterfully by talented Emmy award winning actor Bryan Cranston in the role of Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as the most evil Rita Repulsa. These two seasoned actors brought realism to the characters. For the first time we see a different side of Zordon that is not the all-round nice guy, but is at times selfish and self-centred, making him actually seem more real.
As for Rita, well this is one Bad Ass B***h, who looks super creepy and has no care for human life. She is cruel, ugly and disgusting and gives the Rangers a challenge of great proportion. Being the original Green Ranger (in this storyline anyway) and the reason all the original Rangers died, the writers have made sure the audience know from the start just what Rita is capable of.
However the movie had some weaker moments in my view. If you are a big fan of Pink, Yellow and Black ranger you may be disappointed by the lack of back story provided for them. This can obviously be picked up in later movies giving them the same depth as Blue and Red ranger. That is something we will have to wait and see.
Of course like any 90s kid show being made into a movie there are those corny moments when you think that they put that in just because they had to, not because they thought it would work. None of these minor matters take away from a Power Rangers movie that my generation can appreciate.
There was a really clever use of comedy elements which provided a number of good laughs. Many of these were courtesy of the film “Alpha 5” voiced by the talented American comedian Bill Hader. Quick wit, amusing commentary and some added attitude make Alpha 5 one of the most changed characters in this reboot. It is definitely for the better.
Now you are probably still wondering ‘What about the Zords?’ Well let’s just say that the first time I saw them come out and the Mega Zord rise I got chills, and I want you to feel the same. Special effects have come a long way, and I was not disappointed by the changes they have made with the Zords or with the Mega Zord. It is different, yes, which may lead to some fans being disappointed and thinking they should have stuck to the original, but it did work for this reboot, absolutely.
Though if you did not grow up with the original and have never watched the original, you may have to go home and google what a couple of the Zords where in terms of creatures as Blue and Black you may be scratching your head.
I think this movie has something for most people. I think for parents of the kids who watched the original, they may think the same thing they did two decades ago and have no interest what so ever. I would also be cautious taking any children under the age of 13, as some points of the film could be quite scary for them. Please remember this is a much more grown up version of the G rated show still playing on TV for kids.
So after considering the story, the actors the various effects and character development I would comfortably give it an 8 out of 10 or 4 Star rating. And if you are an avid fan of the original I would urge you to go in with an open mind and enjoy what is the same but also what has evolved.
And like the movie here is a little treat at the end. Don’t leave when the credits start to roll, as with all Marvel films it will be worth hanging around for, especially if you know the original and were waiting to see a certain teen in the mix.
SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE website review by Natalia Aksenova
Smurfs: The Lost Village
I went to see the film “Smurfs: The Lost Village”on special screening day 26 of March 2017 in Southland and I found the event was very attractive and enjoyable for kids.
We saw character Smurfs, the clown with balloons and fairies.
The film was beautifully made. We liked songs, colours and details on animation.
The Smurfs village is colourful land. In these village lives one blond girl Smurfette and another Smurfs. The evil wizard Gargamel plans to control and round up all Smurfs. He wants to get the Smurfs from lost village. He got an idea to pour all Smurfs into a boiling pot that will render him all powerful.
Smurfs Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty and blond girl Smurfette decided to go to find the Lost village. Their main intention to tell the Smurfs about dangerous plan of Gargamel.
The Smurfs’ adventures include a harrowing white-water rafting chase, as well as encounters with dragonfly insects, fantastic plants and glowing bunny rabbits.
Their latest adventure takes the Smurfs on a race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.
The animation film “Smurfs: The Lost Village”absolutely are for kids and parents.
SOME SNAPS FROM THE MEDIA PRE-SHOW ENTERTAINMENT FOR KIDS
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017: MERCINARY website review by Irina Ivanova
Mercenary @ ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017
Everything about this film was impressive for me: the uncommon idea and formidable screenplay (both by Sacha Wolff); the outstanding performance of a non-professional actor Toki Pilioko and supporting actors; the effort put into the production of the film and the magnificent results… No wonder that Mercenary was chosen to be presented at the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and won the Europa Cinemas Label Award.
The plot is based around a 19 year old Polynesian rugby player named Soane who’s received a rare chance to travel to France and sign a contract with one of the biggest French teams. However, the things didn’t go to plan (as they usually don’t when everything is at stake), so the boy suffered lots of hardships along his way to successful career. Nevertheless Soane didn’t ever loose the unshakable attitude and achieved his aims, which were not as superficial as some people may think. The boy was never after fame or money as such, but he was searching for something much more in-depth, that connected him with his ancestors and translated into the modern world.
I loved the symbolism and little details the film was abundant of. It seemed like every little thing was thoroughly planned and nurtured: from the adorable dimple on Toki Pilioko’s (Soane) cheek to the steadfastness of three-legged dogs “connecting” France with the boy’s motherland islands; from the shells beach and beautiful sunsets to the meaningfulness of traditional rituals; from the immense pain to relief; from hope to hopelessness; from fight to win, and the joy after.
In spite of their cannibalistic inheritance, by the sounds of the most powerful haka the islanders rise above all expectations. And that makes the whole movie more than worth watching. I greatly enjoyed.
I am clueless to be honest. I was watching the film without total understanding what was going on and what it was aiming for. It seemed like a very intriguing picture at the start. The girl, a personal shopper Maureen, Kristen Stewart works for the high profile fashion celebrity and buys a very expensive wardrobe for her and does some other duties as a personal assistant. It kind of reminded me about a similar character Kristen Stewart played a couple of years back in a masterpiece that I absolutely adored: "Clouds of Sils Maria" (the same film director). "Personal Shopper" though was fascinating at the beginning as you could totally see the girl does not like her job. Kristen's feelings are strong, she is intense on the screen and her powerful but quiet personality shines through. The film flows perfectly well but suddenly the parts with the ghosts are introduced from no where - as one more story line. We find out that the personal shopper, Maureen lost her twin brother Lewis recently. She is also a medium (what? can't she being so good a mediumship work in the field she likes a lot - readings, channeling etc - there are good money in this area - what is she still doing as a personal shopper) She tries to channel Lewis from the other side but gets connected to something else that starts SMSing her on her mobile!! (WHAT?????) What is going on? It was one cheap turn after the other... The story seemed a bit unbelievable due to a mess with firstly what the message the creators were trying to deliver? I also was is deep doubt that the creators understood much in mediumship. The subject was shown too lightly , I would say: casually. It looked to me like white color designer bag with the crooked, black and cheap stitches or should I rather say it looked like the old made in China jeans with an expensive label on them... The turns in the plot from the one subject to the other did not make any sense nor I was interested anymore. I waited till the end hoping for the miracle to happen. My disconnection with the character and her intentions however were creating deeper and deeper abyss between us that did not heal till the very end. Was looking forward to this film so much, but the plot disappointed me a lot, however Kristen as I mentioned before was exceptional and it worth seeing the film for the sake of her remarkable acting. BWT it is not a horror film - mediumship is not horrific as well as the other worlds , it is a part of life. Everything related to the other realms is shown in a very mild way with a balance that deserves a certain appraisal.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL THE ODYSSEY L'ODYSSEE website RATE: 9/10
The captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau's books were surrounding my teenage life. I traveled with the great main on all his trips on Calipso, I dived following his helpers to the depths of oceans and seas. I knew everything about decompression and even more. I fell in love with water. More to that while I started swimming myself regularly three times a week I would imagine the captain and his son Phillipe waving me and OK=ing me from the deep water with sharks and whales on the background. The film is done very well. Little I knew about the real life of Cousteau', I knew though that his son was lost in the sea and I knew nothing about his family and what was happening there in reality. My books reading was romantic - I could find the photos of Phillipe and would look through the whole book first before reading it for these images in particular. My heart was broken when I heard about Phillip's tragedy. I sure could not understand how Jacques-Yves continued to live and work. The film showed the events and the great researcher's life without making it heroical or romantic. Life is never white even when you are a celebrity and even if you are talented and famous. It is more likely totally on the contrary. Many unpleasant moments were shown in the film: I would like to highly praise a fantastic performance of Lambert Wilson,( as JYC) Audrey Tautou (as Simone) and Pierre Niney (as Phillipe). One can not not mention the underwater shoots that were simply magnificent. Neglecting the life challenges people face daily the nture remains calm, spectacular and beautiful as it was created that way: to be and to be striking in all its forms. It was an overall enjoymental journey through Jacques' life done with much consideration showing the black and white sides of life, the struggles and the victories. It definitely worth watching.
FRANTZ THE MOVIE OF THE MONTH website RATE: 10/10
The film is fabulous: it is graceful, it is deeply emotional and it is very intelligently made. ADRIEN played by Pierre Niney is a Frenchman who comes to the grave of a young German man with flowers after the WWII. The story reveals slowly with the balanced development of the main characters. Adrien is emotionally fragile, elegant and brilliantly portrayed by Pierre so perfectly fit for this role. We keep asking questions: who is he to the German fellow buried in that grave? Were they friends, lovers or else? Why is he so emotionally attached to his national enemy - a German soldier? What did they have in common? Why does he cry about the killed in war son of Doktor Hans Hoffmeister? I can only add I was in tears for the whole movie till the last titles... Pierre played so beautifully this role could only be compared to his Yves Saint Laurent. We also saw him in Osyssey and he never disappoints. There is something about Pierre which you can not grasp, something un-catchable in his eyes and in his ever changing facial expressions. Again: he is amazing in this role. ANNA plyed by Paula Beer is sensational too. Her love for Frantz, her lost in war fiance is touching but not intense. She lost herself together with Frantz's death. Her way out of the "only one step" to suicide is shown in a smooth flow. It is almost unnoticeable how she changes from a mourning girlfriend into a lightened up soul that suddenly discovers a salvation. If you still are ready to experience one more emotion you are not able to die. He relationship with Adrien are complex; she goes through stages of surprise, interest, a will to live again, compassion, curiosity, losing her hope again, anger, disappointment, forgiveness, understanding,love, jealousy and letting go... her road is rocky and stirring but at the same time she is performing everything so well you believe her every move and every facial expression. Hoffmeister family 's life changes on arrival on Adrien. It will never be the same again as there is a wee hope and a glimpse of light: he turns the whole household into a shinning place. They never be told the truth but the lies might kill them. FRANTZ is not there and he is everywhere in each episode. he is talked about. His past is shown. He is in the centre of everything. He and only he can bring the forgiveness to those who remained living while he... while he... while others also knew so little about him... THE REST OF THE CHARACTERS are playing the important role in our understanding and judging the war and its aftermath, people's reaction to friends and enemies... and own own reflections of stupidity of course. There is no one word nor one action or actors' emotion wasted in this film. I watched it greedily missing so much on a good taste European cinematography. Thank you!
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: KALINKA website review by Irina Ivanova
Kalinka @ ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017
Since Kalinka seems to be a cute Russian-inspired girl’s name I would expect a tale about an extraordinary young woman, just judging by the title of the 2016 French-German drama directed by Vincent Garenq. However there is also an alternative name of the movie – “Au nom de ma fille”, literally translated “On behalf of my daughter”, which tells us a based-on-real-facts story of a father who chased up the justice for the murder of his teenage daughter.
The story starts with a banal portrayal of a ‘happy’ family where mother brings up two young children, father is always busy at work, a younger/more good looking/ maybe even enigmatic single man gets interested in the above mentioned wife of another man, and a love triangle is being formed very quickly. She slips and her husband files for divorce basing on her committing adultery. Then he eventually moves on, she continues building life with the new man of hers (by the way, also a father of two beautiful children), and everything seems peachy. That’s when the real story only begins…
Being on holidays with her mom and the family of stepdad, the young girl Kalinka (Emma Besson) abruptly dies under unclear circumstances. The childhood car accident could have been the cause of a traumatic brain hemorrhage, which could have lead to the unexpected death, but there was certain discrepancy that stopped the father of the girl to let go. So he begins his nearly 30 years long pursuit of the justification of his beloved daughter’s death.
Starring Daniel Auteuil, Sebastien Koch and Marie-Josee Croze the movie presents its audience with impeccable acting of three well known profies, and the script goes through the decades of truth searching as if it was a documentary showing all the ups and downs of Mr Bamberski’s (Auteuil) battle against the international jurisdiction system.
I would really recommend the movie for mature audience. It’s not something you would watch with your friends on the night out or in… It’s very profound and patience-demanding film. Well made and clearly bringing up the point.
Oh, goodness me... I liked and I did not like this film. I will tell everyone what I did like and finish my "honey" story with "the spoon of tar".
What was likable. Dynamic story line development. Camera work was perfect. I still do not have a clue how the flying objects were filmed - more to that: I have no idea how they managed to film the actors flying/moving with no gravity inside the spacecraft - it was so real like as if they were at the real space station (?)... and it was spectacular! The staging was immaculate - as we all see it inside the modern spaceships. One actor was very likable: Jake Gyllenhaal who played astronaut D. Jordan as wellas the rest of the crew - they all did their parts very well - all least that limited amount of work that was expected from them during filming. They were not very strong but they were ok. The film directing was immaculate and flawless as well as the structure of the movie. I also thought that the brutal horror loving audience would be glued to the screen so well done (scary-wise) it was. One could not know what would happen in the next 2 minutes of the film .The ending was rather unexpected giving the film one additional star only to loose the rest of them very quickly...
What was dull and unbelievably badly done No fresh ideas, primitive story that lacks depth and characters' development. Unbelievable parts were : the episodes with crying spacecraft commander (what? did not the script writer work with the real astronauts to find out that they NEVER ever allow themselves any emotions while they work: their psychological training is a top to nothing, they are more "military people" than all the soldiers on planet earth. what? she actually dropped a tear? she was incompetent as a commander to say the least: to waste her crew in such way one after another following the way of "less required", "less cared about". There are so many downfalls in one film (but I guess teenagers will adore the picture!) - it only did not work with us, the experienced ones,who were raised on Star Wars (I am smiling!). One more example: the capsule lands down in the waters of Thailand. Two fishermen open (yes, you read it right: open effortlessly!) the door of the space capsule without any second thought - they also - like the way you open your backyard door - after they just saw some strange formation inside the capsule and a dying human. What would you do if you were a fishermen in Thailand? (well apart from fishing of course) - I do not know the common logic of Thai people but I would not ouch the capsule - any person in the right state of mind would call the authorities - at least call the police. The list to be continued... but the last item on the menu would be: people, lets' write good scripts, let's stop this rush wut the primitive plots! Even the teenagers might say one day: we SAW IT ALREADY!
The last word of conclusion goes and here is it: we did not buy it!
If you are looking for a perfectly balanced classically made newly released romantic comedy-drama search no more because Their Finest has it all.
Perfect crew of actors so suitable for their characters: Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy,, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Marsan, Helen Elizabeth McCrory ,- looks more like a perfect flower garden to me rather than the actors' crew which will never disappoints you. It also looked to me like a good theater with unlimited budget rather than a film.
It is a film about script writers and how the movies are born; about those who feed them, nurse them and baby-sit them. Th person who can create a great story from the air is a genius. There is one more thing without the giving away the story line: when there is love and the love is real something beautiful gets born out of it: it materialises itself into art creations, it manifests itself into physical everywhere creating beauty and even more love. The love given to the movie wakes up love in our hearts, the people who watch the movies. It reflects in us also on so many levels.
As I mentioned before the story line is well balanced: it has a perfect amount of good humor, drama and romance.
Would I recommend the film? How would not I? I gave it 10/10. Of course I would.
I have to be very honest with this film. It is short - about an hour. It is 3D, it is laser digital and IMAX is one amazing cinema to go and see it. It is a story of exploration of living forms and organisms on different planets humanity visited so far. The film explores not only life on other planets but also the life on planet Earth in the extreme conditions. Yes, the signs of life close to how we know it might be found on the other planet. The views from the world's most giant telescopes are spectacular indeed. The camera takes us on the journey to see the surface of Mars, as well as the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
However for us, spoiled by David Attenborough narrations and his engaging conversations the film seemed a bit primitive not to say it frankly: a bit boring and dull. The narrator's voice sounded more like a book reading automatic device with no personal feelings attached. Some of the episodes kept repeating, more to that: the film lacked fresh ideas and rather looked like someone's diploma work (the student graduated from the media department of local Uni) than the work of a mature specialist. If I was a student (and this film is create for students) I would be playing with my iPhone while the film is plating at the classroom. If I was a teacher I would rather show my students the masterpieces of Sir David A. But going to the cinemas for the sake of going out and seeing such a fantastic technology worth seeing the film - once again!